This book is a sea of contradictions that don't really make any sense. While it is entertaining, I found it wildly uneven and not easily relatable. Our protagonist, Charlie, is one of the most weirdly-written characters I've read. This is a 15 year-old Freshman, who's regarded as "gifted" at one point, with the social skills and naïveté of a 9 year-old autistic outcast. (Yikes!) Romance, masturbation, or even censorship are notions wholly obscure to his unsullied and petty little mind. In light of this, and contrary to pretty much Universal Law (!), Charlie ends up befriending the coolest, most popular, and down-to-earth half-sibling Seniors in existence! (Like, for reals, they seem super nice). And as if that weren't pushing my suspension of disbelief to its breaking point, he has the greatest behavioral change in the shortest amount of time ever—and without even a hint of character development to boot. Just believe me when I say that this kid tells us*, through inanely written letters, about: domestic abuse, oral sex, regular sex, smoking and drug use, abortion, homosexual escapades, hangouts with teachers (in what freaking universe…?), weekly Rocky Horror Picture Show viewings ('cause nothing screams "we're hip" quite like this!), and his exceptional extracurricular college-level reading assignments (I mean, The Fountainhead? As if! Here, scoff at the list). And he does all of this while kicking ass. (And I mean that literally. He has fighting skills of vague origin that go shockingly against everything we've been told about him.)
It's utterly ridiculous, but people seem to love it. I guess there really are perks to being a wallflower.
* This is a guess. We never get the slightest idea about who he's writing to. He just decides to confide in, and relate his deepest and darkest secrets to a random fucking stranger he heard about. Ain't that mature?
I read this book a few years ago myself, and also found myself pretty disappointed by it. It seemed almost universally well-liked, it kind of made me wonder what was wrong with me that I didn't see what was so magically appealing about it.
I wasn't done, actually--I was going to ask if you've read Hero by Perry Moore? It's a similar sort of setup, but with a rather fun side-serving of superpowers. I found it a much more satisfying and enjoyable read.
I've seen it around, and it's been on my radar for a while, but I have not read it. If you liked it, I will put it on my list.
Think about the characters in the story. If they were real people that you knew in real life, would you get along with them? Why or why not? If the characters were real I must say I'm not really sure to be honest if we would get along(Certain ones). I mean some of the characters I understand and really I guess i can get along with. And others can be really stupid and idiotic with their actions and behaviors. If I was part of the story I guess I would be nothing more then just a character that has nothing to do with the story. That probably just walks pass by one of the books character.